Liveaboard  Discover the Great Barrier Reef

Liveaboard tours are a fantastic way to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Flexible daily departures mean you can join the tour on the day of your choice.

This liveaboard tour offers snorkelling, scuba diving, and introductory and dive lessons.

While you are on board, our excellent chef will serve you delicious meals.

During your stay, you will explore several spectacular reef locations.

How To Get To our  Cairns Dive Liveaboard

Reef Encounter’s daily transfers via fast catamaran or spectacular scenic helicopter flight mean our clients can arrive on the day that suits them and stay for as long as they like.

 About Our Cairns Dive Liveaboard

This liveaboard offers scuba diving for introductory divers and certified divers.

Our liveaboard options vary from one or two nights to a week. We have some clients who stay for several weeks.

The benefits of sleeping on the Great Barrier Reef mean that you experience the reef and its animals at different times of the day. Sunrise and sunset arguably have the most abundant marine life activity.

And with such a broad array of tours on the market – from luxury yachts to comfortable floating hotels, tours designed as a snorkeler’s paradise, or a scuba divers’ dream holiday, there’s always a liveaboard tour to suit your budget and expectations.

Waking up to a sunrise scuba dive or snorkel is an experience most people never forget.

It’s the one time of day when the night creatures of the reef – the sharks, lobsters and stingrays – are still winding down from the night’s activity and the exotic, colourful day fish thrive in the bustle to wake up and find their morning feed.

Reef Encounter is permanently cruising the Great Barrier Reef, serviced daily by our fast catamaran Reef Experience.

Guests can choose to arrive on the day of their choice and stay as long as they wish.


Reef Encounter offers outstanding Great Barrier Reef accommodation in twin or double staterooms, with private bathrooms and large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef Encounter is all about being flexible and providing outstanding value for money. Great Barrier Reef liveaboard Experiences, but MOST of all, we are about making beautiful memories that will last forever.

Reef Encounter is the pick of the liveaboards in Australia, built for comfort and stability at sea.

Our staterooms are 12.5 square metres – very comfortable!

With large windows overlooking the Great Barrier Reef, every stateroom has a private ensuite Reef Encounter is the only tourist vessel on the Great  Barrier Reef with an onboard helipad – it is a beautiful way to arrive.

Reef Encounter is air-conditioned throughout.

Want to feel like a VIP? Then take a look at our Top Deck Club.

Top Deck Club is the best room on board – we aim to spoil so in our Top Deck Club.

Whether you’re planning a romantic escape, honeymoon, or anniversary Reef Encounter’s Top Deck Club offers an unhurried, relaxed ambience and provides the ultimate indulgence package on the Great Barrier Reef.

The Top Deck Club meets the most discerning guests’ expectations, offering an unhurried, relaxed ambience.

Great Barrier Reef stay
Great Barrier Reef stay

Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the friendly crew and invited to share delicious local fruit platters and a glass of Australian champagne.

Onboard 21 modern staterooms have a private ensuite and are spacious and air-conditioned with ample space for clothes and luggage.

Top Deck Club staterooms also offer luxurious touches such as crisp Australian bed linen, silk doona, cotton sheets and feather-down pillows.

You will find soft fluffy robes, plush bath sheets and Australian beauty products in your room.

Top Deck Club can be double or twin bed accommodation.


Double Stateroom

Reef Encounter’s lounge & dining saloon
Cairns dive liveaboard
Dive Deck

Arrive in Style

scenic reef flight

Helicopter upgrade available!

Add a stunning scenic helicopter transfer to your booking.

How to make your booking

Please note that our availability is all live and will only allow you to book if we have space available.

First, choose the accommodation that suits you best. Next, choose a twin or double room and select the dates that work for you.

Next, select how many are in your party and then choose packages, i.e. scuba diving, snorkelling, resort diving or learning to scuba dive.

Everyone in your booking can choose the activities that suit them best.